That was my first reaction upon getting out of the cinema. James Cameron has made me feel inexplicably intense, which radiates externally as though I was numbed. I walked around in a daze, just minutes after the showing. Avatar has truly entertained my lust for big screen graphical action, while also stimulating my thoughts on environmentalism and human nature.
Everything was simply exhilarating. Actually, about 30 minutes into the film, I could already feel my heart beating against my chest. After about two hours, I wanted to cry out but resolved not to. Instead, my hands and arms twitched while my feet and legs fidgeted around. I could feel the intense emotion displayed by the characters under such circumstances. The action scenes make recently-made action flicks look inferior. What sets this movie apart from other action-adventures is that it never losses its heart from the story—a perfect combination of action, adventure, romance, and story-telling.
Mitch Albom’s book, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, has given me the perspective that all lives are connected and that every action intertwines and affects one another. This book has also opened my eyes to the fact that one story differs from every person’s point of view. This was exactly the premise worked upon by Vantage Point.
Vantage Point’s primary events take the world’s attention: an anti-terrorism summit in Salamanca, Spain participated by the United States president, Henry Ashton (William Hurt). Before the President gives his speech, he is shot twice by an unseen assassin. After a few moments, two bomb blasts occur, the first of which is somewhere in the distance, while the second goes off in the summit itself! It is in this plot that the characters and other events revolve around. The delivery style is far different from typical terrorist movies. The film presents six points of view (six persons), all happening within 23 minutes before the bomb blast, which gradually reveal the story to the ultimate climax. A single persepective of a certain character is presented, and then rewinded 23 minutes back to present another perspective.